I hate ticks more than I hate getting to the bottom of a jar of Nutella. And yet my dog seems to enjoy romping through the long grass, losing his tennis balls and finding hoards of the little crawling buggers to latch on to his skin.
We’ve previously used something called an O’Tom Tick Twister, which is like a little claw hammer that you can twist the ticks out with, but they’re not the easiest thing to carry on you all the time. So when I discovered the TickCard at my local Cotswold Outdoor it struck me as the perfect always-on-you solution for removing critters.
The size of a credit card, it slips in to your wallet to be forgotten until it’s needed – which in my case would have been the office last week where we unsuccessfully tried to remove a tick with tweezers resulting in a small but not insignificant vet’s bill.
The TickCard has two slots in its corners which you feed around the protruding body of the tick and simply gently lift to extract from your skin. The slots taper to very thin grooves so they’re good at gripping on to ticks of all sizes – freshly attached and completely engorged.
The TickCard also has a small magnifying lens built in to it if you need help in finding any ticks, or determining what’s going on without your glasses.
Now, I have to end this short review since I’m all itchy, thinking about ticks.
SUMMARY: The TickCard is very easy to use, and is shaped so that you can carry it and totally forget about it until you need it. An excellent piece of kit for anyone with a dog or who walks through long grass. Ticks can attach to humans as easily as dogs.